Wine Reviews

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Domaine Bousquet 'Virgen' Natural Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

You've got to hand it to Mendoza's Domaine Bousquet: they seem to do everything pretty well. That includes dipping their talented toes into the "natural wine" waters with a vibrant, lively Malbec in their 'Virgen' line. This organic red has no additional sulfites added, leading to a lighter, more refined Malbec expression that has a friendly, boisterous personality. Grab this one when you're looking for a distinct take on something familiar (and need a red that will be versatile at the dinner table).

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W & J Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Just because the daytime weather is getting warmer, it doesn't mean that you might not want something tasty at the ready tow arm you up when the sun goes down. W & J Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Port fits that bill perfectly, an ideal nightcap sipper that offer plenty of rich, smooth, raisiny goodness that goes down dangerously easy, and doesn't break the bank while doing it.

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Quinta da Fonte Souto Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

When the Symington family decided to branch out beyond the Douro for the very first time ever, they chose Alentejo's promising Portalegre region. The results have been nothing short of exciting, as this Tinto red blend deftly demonstrates. Ripe red berry and plum flavors mingle with peppery spice aromatics to create a red wine that exudes much more elegance than is typical for Portugal's hot and dry Alentejo. Consider this label one well worth following.

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Cantine Vedova 'Casa dei Faveri - Casa Farive' Extra Dry, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

The top of Prosecco's quality pyramid, the small winegrowing region of Valdobbiadene, is absolutely hitting it out of the park lately. The quality resurgence their has been joined with a branching out into drier styles of Prosecco, with the result being refreshing, elegant, and surprisingly complex sparklers like this 'Casa Farive' Extra Dry from Cantine Vedova. Bursting with pear, apple and white flower notes and flavors, it's an ideal way to upscale your 'everyday' bubbly.

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Tenuta Carreta Garassino, Barbaresco, Italy

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

While it's probably a bit of a splurge, Tenuta Carreta's Garassino Barbaresco still brings a lot of bang for the buck. It has streaks of the elegant restraint and austere structure for which Barbaresco's Nebbiolo-based reds are famous, but also packs a bit of the punch and intensity more commonly associated with neighboring Barolo. Hints of earth and leather add complexity to a finish that is extraordinarily long and luxuriant.

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Antigal 1 Uno Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Making a bold statement with its "We're No. 1!" bottle design, Antigual's Uno Malbec might just end up being your #1 go-to pick for an Argentine red in its approachable price-range. Big and intense, the plum fruit action just keeps on coming in this overachieving Malbec, ending with sweet tobacco spice notes on a flavorful finish.

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Terra Noble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Juiciness seems to know no boundaries in this Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile's Terra Noble. Hailing from Colchagua Valley, this red is practically exploding with ripe redcurrant fruit flavor and elegant dried herb aromas. Where it really shines, though, is on the palate—which is equal parts restrained elegance and mouth-watering freshness.

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Davis Bynum Virginia's Block Jane's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Refreshing, aromatically intriguing, and complex in texture, Davis Bynum's Jane's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma's Russian River Valley has "crowd pleaser" written all over it. Starting with citrus blossom notes and aromas of lime and guava, and ending with abundant flavors of grapefruit and green apple, it will difficult to find anyone who *wouldn't* want to sip a chilled glass of this on a warm, sunny day.

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Owen Roe Sinister Hand Red, Columbia Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Owen Roe's Sinister Hand Red is juicy, funky, spicy, and inviting—and makes a great case for planting a lot more Rhône varieties in Washington's Columbia Valley. There's a lot to like about Owen Roe's interpretation of the a Rhône blend (incorporating Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and others), not least of which is its sub-$30 asking price. Rounded out by oak-aged notes of vanilla and cedar, you'll likely find Sinister Hand to actually be an affable and friendly drinking companion.

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Chelsea Goldschmidt 'Guidestone Rise' Merlot, Alexander Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

This absolute bargain of a single vineyard Sonoma Merlot is named after vintner Nick Goldschmidt’s eldest daughter. With bright red and blue plum fruit flavors, hints of dried herbs and black olives, and a generously plush mouthfeel that doesn't lack for structure, you might just do a double-take on this red's approachable price-point after the first sip.

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